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Russia sends a warning as Bolotnaya prisoners’ appeal rejected

20 June 2014

The decision of the Moscow City Court to reject an appeal against the conviction of eight Bolotnaya protesters imprisoned after a politically motivated trial is yet another nail in the coffin for freedom of assembly and expression in Russia.

Nigeria: Shell could face fresh compensation claims after landmark environmental ruling

20 June 2014

A landmark UK court ruling paves the way for Shell to finally be held accountable for devastating oil pollution in the Niger Delta, Amnesty International said today.

Ireland: ‘Mother and baby homes’ investigation must be robust and comprehensive

19 June 2014

The Irish government’s establishment of an independent Commission of Investigation into ‘mother and baby homes’ must result in an effective and comprehensive investigation that is fully compliant with Ireland’s human rights obligations.

China: Three anti-corruption activists jailed on ‘preposterous’ charges

19 June 2014

Three anti-corruption activists have been imprisoned today simply for exercising their freedom of expression and assembly and should be released immediately and unconditionally, Amnesty International said.

Chile moves closer to decriminalizing abortion

19 June 2014

Chile’s commitment to decriminalize abortion in cases where the pregnancy was the result of rape, the woman’s life is in danger and when the foetus is not viable is a positive step forward to ensure and protect the rights of women and girls. 

China: Secret trial of prominent Uighur academic makes a mockery of justice

18 June 2014

The secret trial of a prominent Uighur scholar on charges of “separatism” makes a mockery of China’s claims to be a country based on the rule of law, Amnesty International said. 

USA: Secret and incommunicado detention of Benghazi suspect must stop

18 June 2014

The US government must ensure that Ahmed Abu Khattalah, who is being held in secret and incommunicado detention, gets immediate and unrestricted access to a lawyer amid fears that he may be being held or interrogated in inhumane conditions.

Serbia: EU accession is key to ending impunity for war crimes

17 June 2014

The European Union must do everything it can to ensure Serbia addresses the culture of impunity for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, committed by Serbian police, military and paramilitary forces during the wars of the 1990s.

 

UK intelligence forced to reveal secret policy for mass surveillance of residents’ Facebook and Google use

17 June 2014

Britain’s top counter-terrorism official has been forced to reveal a secret government policy justifying the mass surveillance of every Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and Google user in the UK, a group of rights organizations announced today. 

 

Libya: Mounting risks for Benghazi residents amid reckless shelling

17 June 2014

Libyan armed forces and armed groups, including militias, must immediately stop the reckless shelling of residential areas, endangering the lives of Benghazi residents, Amnesty International said following a renewed round of heavy fighting in the eastern city. 

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